Everybody loves a puppy, right? Well most everybody, however puppies grow up to be dogs. No more puppy breath, no more impossible situations, no more twisting us around their little paw. But here is the thing, if you love puppies and don’t want grown dogs; there is a place for that. Although, at a total loss for why only a puppy, the question is “Ready”.
Raising a puppy for use as a service dog is a wonderful experience. Think about having all the fun but not having the longtime of living with a dog. Now first Do Not Just get a dog and expect it will be a service dog. Find the information online or at the library of an organization and make sure they are interested in our raising a puppy for them. Delta Society, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Patriot Dogs and we can go on all day. There is first year of training, making sure the puppy is well suited to this kind of work. Then there is frequently another 12 to 24 months of training by the professionals. The thing we must keep in mind is there is an application and interview; we must go through to be selected as the person to raise a puppy for service. All is not lost, because if selected you will be given the puppy with a full medical check -up and shots, with many times veterinary visits paid by the organization. Training may also be a part of the package.
It is certainly an honor to be selected, and the pride we feel when the puppy goes on to school for this work. There is also a melancholy feeling of losing a part of the team we worked so hard to establish. If we are suited to do this work, we will be forever grateful. If not, look at other ways we can help with this worthy cause. There is plenty of we can do to help, especially if giving up that puppy at the end of a year breaks your heart. This work puts into play a new way of life for someone who cannot live independently now. www.deltasociety.org We can take pride and solace in the knowledge we have provided the gift of independence for someone else.